Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those 65 years of age and over. Every 14 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age. Falls Prevention Awareness Day is an opportunity for older adults and their communities to learn how to reduce falls risks so our seniors can stay independent for as long as possible.
Studies show that a combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls among older adults. Experts recommend:
- A physical activity regimen with balance, strength training, and flexibility components.
- Consulting with a health professional about getting a fall risk assessment.
- Having medications reviewed periodically.
- Getting eyes checked annually.
- Making sure the home environment is safe and supportive.
- Having an annual hearing assessment.
Area 10 offers a variety of programs and services to help older adults gain strength, improve balance, and build confidence to help them live healthier lives and preserve their independence.
Events & Programs
- Safe at Home: This event, held during Falls Prevention Awareness Month, is a high-impact, volunteer powered half-day of service for low-income homeowners ages 60 and over who need help to make their homes and yards safe and accessible for daily living.
- The Endwright Center: The Endwright Center provides individualized fitness assessments and fitness programming to help older adults increase strength, balance and coordination.
- REPAIRS Team: The REPAIRS Team provides services such as installing safety features like ramps, grab bars and rails and repairing windows, doors, and screens.